Planning, Building & Construction

The following list will ensure that you have everything that you need in order to submit a complete application to the Township Office and that the process is as quick and easy as possible.  Follow these simple steps to get started:

  • Check the Zoning By-law to make sure you know the zoning of your property and whether there are any special restrictions or limitations with regard to setbacks, size of buildings or the type of use permitted.
  • Download and read through the building permit guide to ensure you know what is expected of you.
  • Download the building permit application form and fill out all required sections including the lot number, concession and plan.  If you are planning on a new construction, you will also need to complete the Energy Efficiency Design Summary.
  • Prepare required drawings or have plans stamped by an engineer (in the case of a new building/residence).  The specific types of drawings required can be found within the building permit guide and usually include a site plan of your property as well as detailed drawings of the project.  The Site Plan must show all buildings and structures on the property as well as the distance between buildings and from all property lines.
  • Submit your completed building permit application with the required drawings to the Municipal Office during office hours.  The Clerk Administrator will review your application for any obvious errors or omissions and then pass the application onto the Building Inspector for final review and approval.  Keep in mind that the Building Inspector works only on weekends and this process can take approximately one week or more to complete.  Make sure that you submit your completed application with all supporting documentation well before your estimated project start date to ensure that everything is ready in time.
  • Once the permit has been approved, you will be contacted by our office to advise that your permit is ready to be picked up and the fee required.  This fee is to be made payable to The Township of St. Joseph and can be in the form of cash or cheque.
  • Please bring your payment when you pick up your permit.  The permit must be posted in a visible location on the work site and the Building Inspector must be notified during specific phases within the project (as set out on permit) to conduct inspections.  You may reach the Building Inspector, Glen Irwin, at any time by calling (705) 541-7152.
  • In addition, if your property does not already have a civic number attached to it, you will need to complete an application for a new civic address . You may wish to refer to the Civic Addressing Policy for more information. 

To appeal a zoning amendment or planning board consent to sever, please contact the Ontario Municipal Board


St. Joseph Island Planning Board Information

For inquiries regarding the Planning Board, please contact Michael Jagger, Secretary

St. Joseph Island Planning Board Consent Application Guide
St. Joseph Island Planning Board Consent Application


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